The La Scala Opera Theater exhibition, held at the M.I.T Museum in 2001, wanted their multimedia section to emphasize and bring to life Puccini’s iconographic material.
Sensing Places created a museum wearable aimed to lead a self-guided augmented reality tour for visitors to the exhibit. Using infrared, the wearable generated an audiovisual documentary as a function of the visitor’s interests. When the visitor observes a work of art, the enhanced reality device projects (virtually) on the museum wall and an audiovisual explains and illustrates the piece. It also used a private eye, or small monitor with SVGA- resolution clipped onto special earphones.
The main museum wearable features include:
Sound and Video: The wearable played Puccinian arias according to the specific room and showed an introductory videoclip to the works on display in the room.
Location Tracking: The wearable relied on an infrared emitter/receiver system to determine the visitor’s location in the exhibition space.
Portablity: The wearable consisted of a lightweight computer the size of a walkman put in a shoulder-bag or a pouch.